American White Oak

Botanical Name: Quercus alba

Species: Pre-eminent Hardwood

Source: Eastern North America

Descriptions: Heartwood is a light to medium brown, commonly with an olive cast. Nearly white to light brown sapwood is not always sharply demarcated from the heartwood. Quartersawn sections display prominent ray fleck patterns.

Air-Dry-Density: Approx. 770 Kg/ m3

Defects: Has moderately high shrinkage values, resulting in mediocre dimensional stability, especially in flatsawn boards. Can react with iron (particularly when wet) and cause staining and discoloration.

Durability: Rated as very durable; frequently used in boatbuilding and tight cooperage applications.

Uses: White oak has tyloses that give the wood a closed cellular structure, making it water- and rot-resistant. It has been used in construction, shipbuilding, agricultural implements, and in the interior finishing (cabinetry, furniture, interior trim, flooring) of houses. It is valued for its density, strength, resiliency and relatively low chance of splintering if broken by impact, relative to the substantially cheaper red oak.

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